Shaunie O'Neal Shares an Emotional Moment As Her Son, Shareef Went In For Heart Surgery

"This morning was by far my toughest moment being a Mom."

Shaunie O'Neal had us all in our feelings on Instagram this morning! The mother of five and Basketball Wives star shared a photo of her son Shareef right before he went into the operating room for heart surgery.

"This morning was by far my toughest moment being a Mom. If only I could take his place today. Could I at least go with him in that operating room and hold his hand. Separating from him as he was wheeled off to surgery was heartbreaking. THATS MY BABY! I don’t care how old, how big, how grown my kids get I still want to protect them. I had no control over any of this. But there is a God, I trust and believe He is in there with my baby right now and has complete control."

Shareef originally opened up about his heart condition back in September of this year. The 18-year-old was initially set to play basketball at UCLA, but due to the condition he's taking time off as a medical red shirt. Here's what he posted after the surgery.

We're sending all the love to Shareef and the entire O'Neal family right now!


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